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Poster: utopian Date: Sep 13, 2010 7:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours?

Spring 69
Spring 77
Fall 79
Fall 83
Summer 89
Spring summer 90

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Poster: utopian Date: Sep 14, 2010 11:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours?

Spring 69 so many legendary shows. I love to start and listen to several sequential shows and see what happens. There are lots of gems before and after the better know shows.

Spring 77 kinda too obvious for any others to state. Get past cornell for the stellar performances before and after.

Fall 79 one of my most visited eras 10-28-79 Rider, 11-2-79 fraklins and the end of NFA!, 11-25-79 jack straw, 11-29-79 eyes

Fall 83 Lots of gems, phil and jerry dueling leads, and punchy drummers creating a serious inner groove. 10-11-83, 10-14/15/83, 10-22-83.

Summer 89 from shoreline to greek there were some stellar tight shows. The band took on a whole new dimension of sound 8-19-89 is pretty top notch.

summer 90 had some tight moments, expo 6-9-90, 6-10-90

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 14, 2010 12:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours?

One great later tour that comes to mind that hasn't been mentioned yet is summer 82. OK, it's not the 60s or 70s, but still! Highlights: 7/31, 8/3, the two Alpine Valleys (particularly 8/7, which is DP 32), and 8/10. I think my favorites among those are 8/3 and 8/10. But the whole run seems consistently strong to me in high-energy early 80s style, with maybe 8/1 as the weakest, IMUO (In My Uneducated Opinion).

In regards to Cliff's stipulation that a "great tour" should have a particular vibe to it, I'd say the vibe is ...hmmm ... upbeat, happy summer dancin' music. Certainly there's a fair bit of speedy early 80s Cocaine Dead (MC's apt phrase, I think), such as the version below of Bertha-don't-come-around-here-anymore-to-use-up-my-stash. But the tour has a nice, sunny energy overall. Guess the band was enjoying it, too; at the end of this show, the last on the tour, Phil thanked the tourheads just before the encore for making it such a great tour. Nice gesture. (I was at that show; hadn't done the whole tour, though I wish I had, but hey, I'll take the thanks and return it ... it was my only B-day show :-) )

http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-08-10.sbd.miller.12453.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Sep 14, 2010 5:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours?

I may have said "cocaine dead" at some point, but I'm pretty sure I heard it somewhere else first.

As for 1982: I was recently turned onto this year in a big way, haven't checked out any of the shows you mentioned though. I was really impressed by 10/9 and 10/10 (10/9 has an outstanding eyes of the world) as well as 9/17. I'll have to load up my ipod with the year in the next few days. Lately I've just been listening to Winter '68 ad infinitum...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 14, 2010 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours?

Yeah, I'm sure the thought has occured to others, too! Well, I like the 82 energy, though sometimes it's too much zip and too little jam. The shows you mentioned are some of my favorites for that year. I also like the MSG shows, 9/20 and 9/21, though I haven't heard the whole East Coast tour so don't really have an impression of the fall tour "as a whole." I've heard the Jamaica show, 11/21, and remember thinking it was a lot better than its reputation.

But definitely, check out 8/3 at least! Here's one source:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-08-03.sbd.miller.77196.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Sep 14, 2010 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours?

Althearose - I'm right with ya. This was the first tour I thought of. 7/28 to 8/10 was a great period, especially 8/7 and 8/10.